Flooded with hope for 2012

THERE will be a few sore heads about the Coast this morning after last night's celebrations, but before the fun began, locals and visitors had a chance to look back on the highs and lows of 2011, as well as thinking about the year ahead.

While it was a tough year for families caught in the devastating floods, 2011 was also a year of rewarding results and families being brought closer together.

Bianca Coleborne, from Brisbane, said it was the biggest year of her life as she married her partner Mick.

"I had a huge year this year. It was the most successful year at work and I got married. It has been such a rewarding year," she said.

"I'm a bridesmaid for a friend's wedding next year, so the wedding fever isn't over yet. This year has just been massive . . . lots of good things and a few bad.

"I am just hoping that this new year will be more peaceful and I can just relax into married life and enjoy it."

Bruce Knox, from Buderim, worked overseas for most of 2011 and said the highlight was coming home.

"The time I have spent with my family this year has been wonderful," Mr Knox said.

"All time spent with family is precious.

"Over this next year I am just going to enjoy watching my daugh

ter grow up. She is only four years old."

His friend, James Murphy, from Brisbane, hopes for a less dramatic year after the turmoil of floods in 2011.

"The most memorable event was from the beginning of this year when the floods hit," he said.

"Thankfully I was safe, but a lot of people I know had a very hard time.

"With the weather being so unpredictable in the past couple of weeks, we are all waiting on edge hoping that it wouldn't happen again.

"But the outlook is a lot more hopeful for next year."

Brett McCarthy, from Rockhampton, also felt the impact of the floods, which forced his young family out of their home.

"We were actually locked out of Rocky and we had to wait for the water to subside before we could go home," Mr McCarthy said.

The father-of-three has big plans for the new year, which could involve a move away from Rockhampton.

"We hope to move down to the Sunshine Coast this coming year. That's the goal, but it's been a challenge to find a reasonable place to live," he said.

Jess MacArthur spent most of her year not in her hometown of Brisbane, but overseas.

"Yeah, it was pretty good, full on, I went over to London this year, which was amazing. I'll definitely never forget it," she said.

"But this next year I'll be concentrating on just getting through university. Hopefully it will all go smoothly."

Mary Wickham and her son Matt are members of the Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club and 2011 saw them tackle the big waves.

"This year was great. We were in the national titles in Coffs Harbour. We paddled from Woolgoolga to Coffs Harbour, where the waves were huge," Mrs Wickham said.

"It was a huge challenge but that was so much fun.

"The year has been good with good friends and a new job, but it has just flown by.

"We just want to be fit and healthy next year and with good friends. It's good out on the water because you get to meet so many new people."

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